There’s 2 days left to enter the Sweet Romance Christmas Giveaway and today I’ve invited Lucy Naylor Kubash, one of the authors participating in the Giveaway, to visit Ascroft, eh? to tell us a bit about the short story collection she has donated to the draw.
Welcome Lucy. Let’s get started, shall we?
What is the theme of your story and what prompted you to write about this?
My book An Uncommon Prince and Other Short Stories is a collection of five short stories that have a similar theme: finding love in unexpected places. I like stories where men and women fall in love when they least expect it and against all odds.
How did you bring the place and people you are writing about to life?
In the title story, An Uncommon Prince, I was able to bring the character of Emily Johnson to life by imagining what it would be like to be a woman who lives alone on an old farm in Indiana; whose life is all about taking care of others, both people and animals, and who never thinks her own prince charming will ever come along. When he does, it’s in the character of Chris Carter, an ex-cop with a broken-down motorcycle, who helps her out when the farm is hit by a tornado. I think by bringing together two people from such different backgrounds but who share similar feelings of loneliness made these two characters come to life in the story.
Do you prefer to write one sex or the other. And, if so, which do you prefer and why?
I prefer to write in both main characters point of view (although I also like and sometimes write in first person). It just depends on which character starts talking first! Most of my stories are written primarily in the heroine’s point of view, but I like to include some scenes with the hero’s thoughts, too. In a romance, I think it helps the reader empathize with both characters.
Thanks, Lucy. You’ve given readers an intriguing peek into An Uncommon Prince and Other Stories. I hope they will enter the contest for a chance to win a copy of the story collection as well as all the other novels and stories in the prize bundle. While there’s still time, here’s where to enter the Sweet Romance Christmas Giveaway.